St Margarets Circular walk

Quiet rolling Hertfordshire countryside, a haunted, ruined church and long stretches in scenic river valleys.

Thundridge Old Church SWC Walk 165 - St. Margarets Circular

Thundridge Old Church

SWC Walk 165 - St. Margarets Circular

08-Nov-17 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Approaching Cold Christmas SWC Walk 165 - St. Margarets Circular

Approaching Cold Christmas

SWC Walk 165 - St. Margarets Circular

08-Nov-17 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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The Ash River Valley SWC Walk 165 - St. Margarets Circular

The Ash River Valley

SWC Walk 165 - St. Margarets Circular

08-Nov-17 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Hollycross Lake in Autumnal Colours SWC Walk 165 - St. Margarets Circular

Hollycross Lake in Autumnal Colours

SWC Walk 165 - St. Margarets Circular

08-Nov-17 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Amwell Nature Reserve SWC Walk 165 - St. Margarets Circular

Amwell Nature Reserve

SWC Walk 165 - St. Margarets Circular

08-Nov-17 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Ash river survey and they're definitely not walkers...well, not today anyway

Ash river survey

and they're definitely not walkers...well, not today anyway

18-Sep-13 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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Hen party Well, what were you egg-specting?

Hen party

Well, what were you egg-specting?

18-Sep-13 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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Length 25.7 km (16.0 miles), with 270m ascent/descent. For a shorter walk see below Walk Options.
Toughness 5 out of 10, with 5 hours 30 minutes walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 8 hours.
Walk Notes

This walk leads along ancient tracks and green lanes through some very quiet, rolling East Hertfordshire countryside defined by wheat fields and woods, in-between extensive stretches along the Ash, Rib and Lea rivers. Cold Christmas hamlet and a haunted, ruined church are passed just before lunch in Wadesmill.
Long parts of the afternoon route are spent in the quiet scenic Ash valley, before passing through Amwell Nature Reserve, a bird watcher’s paradise. The final stretch leads along the Lea Navigation back to St. Margarets.

Stile Count: 2; Arable Field Crossings: 330 metres.

Walk Options

Shortcut I cuts out the outer loop of this walk to leave an hourglass-shaped walk of 19.5 km (12.2 mi), while also cutting ascent/descent by 66m, this is rated 3/10.
Shortcut II cuts out 1.6 km (1.0 mi) and 12m ascent/descent from the main walk, around lunch (5/10).
Buses to Ware or Hertford train stations (one or two stops further from London on the same line) are available from the lunch pubs in Wadesmill (Mon-Sat only) and Wareside (Mon-Fri only).

Maps OS Landranger: 166 (Luton & Hertford) and 167 (Chelmsford, only for a very tiny part)
OS Explorer: 194 (Hertford & Bishop’s Stortford)
Travel St. Margarets Station, map reference TL 381117, is in East Hertfordshire, 6 km south east of Hertford, and 29m above sea level. St. Margarets Station is on the Liverpool Street to Hertford East line (and within the Oyster Pay As You Go-area) with a half-hourly service, journey time 39 minutes (41 on weekdays). Trains stop at Tottenham Hale (connect from the Victoria Line). Buy a return to St. Margarets (Herts).

Saturday Walkers' Club: Take the train closest to 9.45 hours, if walking the full walk, and the one closest to 10.15 hours for the shortest version.

Lunch

Long Walk
The Anchor Cambridge Road, Wadesmill, Herts, SG12 0TD (01920 462 861). The Anchor is located 10.8 km (6.7 mi) into the main walk. Currently closed.
The Feathers Inn 49 Cambridge Road, Wadesmill, Herts, SG12 0TN (01920 462 606). Open daily 11.00-23.00. The Feathers Inn and Hotel is located 10.9 km (6.8 mi) into the main walk.

Short Walk
The White Horse Ware Road, Wareside, Ware, Herts, SG12 7QX (01920 464 433). The White Horse is located 12.9 km (8.0 mi) into the shortcut version of the walk and 6.7 km (4.1 mi) from the end of all walk options.
Chequers Inn Ware Road, Wareside, Ware, Herts, SG12 7QY (01920 467 010). The Chequers Inn is located 12.9 km (8.0 mi) into the shortcut version of the walk and 6.7 km (4.1 mi) from the end of all walk options.

Tea

The Jolly Fisherman 8 Station Road, Stanstead St. Margarets, Ware, Herts, SG12 8DH (01920 870 125). A McMullen’s pub with outdoor seating by the Lea Navigation.
The Oak 36 High Street, Stanstead Abbotts, Ware, Herts, SG12 8AG (01920 877 294). The Oak is a village pub and dining rooms, specialising in artisan pizze.
The Red Lion 1 High Street, Stanstead Abbots, Ware, Herts, SG12 8AA (01920 410 056).

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